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Asking the experts: Is truth overrated?

Editor’s note: The Focus on Research column highlights different research projects and topics being explored at Penn State. Each column will feature the work of a different researcher from across all disciplines. The following originally appeared on The Conversation. As part of its collaboration with “Third Rail with OZY,” The Conversation asked scholars from a variety of disciplines to answer the question: “Is truth overrated?”

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Game update: 'Mobius Final Fantasy' gets Lightning in new 'Final Fantasy XIII' collaboration

"Mobius Final Fantasy" is about to get an extra dose of JRPG goodness: developer Square Enix has announced a new collaboration between the mobile title and "Final Fantasy XIII" that will see the latter game's protagonist Lightning making a special in-game appearance as an all-new Ultimate Hero. The collaboration coincides with the one-year anniversary of "Mobius Final Fantasy," and players can check out a trailer for the new collaboration, here http://bit.ly/2xV3P2U.

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Parents @ Play: Get outa here!

Okay, so the days are getting a little shorter, but that doesn't mean the end of entertaining, outdoor play. With these great new toys, you and your kids can have open-air fun 'til the sun goes down – and long after.

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Treats from scratch pamper your pooch

It's not often I find myself drooling over homemade dog food recipes. But with names such as "cheddar lover's biscuits" and "banana ice cream," I was as tempted to try the recipes in the updated "Doggy Desserts" cookbook as was my furry little man, Welles, and his tail-wagging friends.

Home & Garden

CNET: Best smart home locks of 2017

If keeping your home secure but also adding some 21st century functionality while cutting down the number of keys on your keychain are all important to you, maybe it's time to check out a smart lock. These four home security systems will keep things locked up tight and allow you to control who gets in for not much more than a standard lock. These are four that CNET rated highest.

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App review: Leela Kids, terrific, free repertoire of kid-friendly podcasts

Parents need to know that Leela Kids – Best Audio Content for 3-15 Yr. Olds, is a podcast-aggregating app for kids. This free app organizes kid-centric science podcasts, such as Wow in the World (by NPR), brains on!, and StarTalk Radio; music podcasts, including Ear Snacks and Classics for Kids; children's stories, such as Stories Podcast; relaxation audio stories; and more. Apps are organized by categories and age groups (3-5, 5-8, 8-12, and 12-15). Kids and parents can rate and share any podcast episode. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Ex-etiquette: Abusive ex unnerves her

Q: I am dating a new guy after 10 years of being with an abusive ex. By abusive, I mean he broke my jaw when I refused to make him dinner. He's very angry I've moved on (he cheated), so when I see him out and about, I cling to my boyfriend for dear life. Yesterday we were at the mall and there was my ex in the parking lot. He sees us together, I move in close for protection, and he speeds off. I don't know how to handle this. His expression scared me. Should I call him? What's good ex-etiquette?

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A respectful, eco-friendly way to say goodbye

From a few feet away, the metal trays look to be holding tiny rocks, plucked by a very particular and tidy collector. A closer look reveals that each tray holds not rocks, but remains – one holds the bony bits of a ferret, the other a cat; both were pets, and both are done with their jobs as companions.

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